Kris Nielsen

Freelance Article Writer & Blog Writer

Location:Indian Trail, North Carolina, United States
2 Skills
Summary Results-driven Education Specialist with a passion for engaging and coaching educators with high quality leadership, meaningful professional development, and strong mentor support to help them reach their goals and realize their best potential.

Key Strengths ? Proven curriculum and instruction design strategies that result in student motivation, engagement, and achievement
? Strong leadership skills with continuous improvement background
? ¬Advanced use of instructional technology in the classroom and professional staff development
? Expert in assessment techniques, strategies, and evaluation
? Demonstrated research skills in classroom and community projects¬
Employment History
¬August 2009 - June 2011 Salem-Keizer Public Schools Salem, Oregon
Middle School Math Teacher & Program Coordinator
? ¬Pioneered the integration of new assessment, presentation, and teaching technologies into the math curriculum in order to increase student engagement
? Created Continuous Classroom Improvement (CCI) program to boost student motivation and achievement using individual reflection and immediate feedback
? Awarded $4500 grant to fund assessment technology and CCI research
? Led staff trainings in the optimal use of classroom assessment technology and the CCI program
? Empowered students with rigorous and relevant lesson plans, and the expectation of taking control of their own improvement and achievement
? Designed inquiry-based and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners
? Collaborated with PLC team to reach goals throughout the year
? Parent and staff recommendations are available on request¬

¬January 2006 - May 2009 Albuquerque Public Schools Albuquerque, New Mexico
Middle School Teacher Leader
? ¬Led successful grade-level team of teachers in raising state test scores in all content areas
? Coordinated academic interventions alongside colleagues for struggling students
? Facilitated very high student achievement on state tests in science
? Secured funding for school weather station through $2600 APS/Qwest Grant
? Partnered with area scientists and other professionals to develop in-class site demonstrations and real-life science lessons
? Launched peer helper program with counselors to prevent and address bullying and to address other student needs¬

Academic Background M.A. Science Education, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010
¬B.A. Elementary Education, New Mexico Highlands University, Rio Rancho, NM, 2006
? ¬Oregon State Initial II Teacher Certification (K-8), 2011
? Highly-qualified Mathematics (K-8), 2007
? Middle-level Science Endorsement, 2009
? Outstanding Student Teacher Award, NMHU, 2006¬
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Blog Writing